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  1. gerund of conter




From con- (with, together) +‎ tendō (stretch, extend; contend).



contendō (present infinitive contendere, perfect active contendī, supine contentum); third conjugation

  1. I hurry
  2. I stretch, draw tight, make taut, strain.
  3. I place together in comparison, compare, contrast.
  4. (music) I tune (by stretching the strings).
  5. (of weapons) I shoot, hurl, dart, throw.
  6. (of places) I extend, reach, stretch.
  7. (with infinitive) I exert myself vigorously to do something, apply myself with zeal to, go to.
  8. (in auctions) I vie with in bidding, bid against.
  9. (with accusative or infinitive) I assert, affirm earnestly, maintain or contend energetically.
  10. (intransitive) I dispute, fight, contend against, compete, vie with.
  11. (intransitive, often with ab) I demand, ask, solicit, entreat, beg earnestly, seek to gain.
  12. (intransitive, figuratively) I exert, pursue or strive for eagerly, strain eagerly, stretch.
  13. (intransitive, figuratively) I seek to arrive at, march, journey hastily to, hasten, press forward, go, advance rapidly.


   Conjugation of contendō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present contendō contendis contendit contendimus contenditis contendunt
imperfect contendēbam contendēbās contendēbat contendēbāmus contendēbātis contendēbant
future contendam contendēs contendet contendēmus contendētis contendent
perfect contendī contendistī contendit contendimus contendistis contendērunt, contendēre
pluperfect contenderam contenderās contenderat contenderāmus contenderātis contenderant
future perfect contenderō contenderis contenderit contenderimus contenderitis contenderint
passive present contendor contenderis, contendere contenditur contendimur contendiminī contenduntur
imperfect contendēbar contendēbāris, contendēbāre contendēbātur contendēbāmur contendēbāminī contendēbantur
future contendar contendēris, contendēre contendētur contendēmur contendēminī contendentur
perfect contentus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect contentus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect contentus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present contendam contendās contendat contendāmus contendātis contendant
imperfect contenderem contenderēs contenderet contenderēmus contenderētis contenderent
perfect contenderim contenderīs contenderit contenderīmus contenderītis contenderint
pluperfect contendissem contendissēs contendisset contendissēmus contendissētis contendissent
passive present contendar contendāris, contendāre contendātur contendāmur contendāminī contendantur
imperfect contenderer contenderēris, contenderēre contenderētur contenderēmur contenderēminī contenderentur
perfect contentus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect contentus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present contende contendite
future contenditō contenditō contenditōte contenduntō
passive present contendere contendiminī
future contenditor contenditor contenduntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives contendere contendisse contentūrum esse contendī contentum esse contentum īrī
participles contendēns contentūrus contentus contendendus, contendundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
contendendī contendendō contendendum contendendō contentum contentū

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  • Catalan: contendre
  • English: contend
  • Italian: contendere


  • contendo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • contendo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • contendo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to strain every nerve, do one's utmost in a matter: omnes nervos in aliqua re contendere
    • to strain every nerve, do one's utmost in a matter: omnibus viribusor nervis contendere, ut
    • to strain every nerve, do one's utmost in a matter: contendere et laborare, ut
    • to contend with some one for the pre-eminence: contendere cum aliquo de principatu (Nep. Arist. 1)
    • to change one's route and march towards..: averso itinere contendere in...
    • to give battle with a cavalry-division: proelio equestri contendere
    • to row hard: remis contendere
    • (ambiguous) to be contented: rebus suis, sorte sua contentum esse
    • (ambiguous) to be satisfied with a little: paucis, parvo contentum esse
    • (ambiguous) to be content with 12 per cent at compound interest: centesimis cum anatocismo contentum esse (Att. 5. 21. 12)




  1. gerund of conter